The world of public storage is changing; and just as with everything else, you now have multiple choices. It can be hard to know what you need if you don’t know what it all means. Temperature control and climate control are basically the same thing. Many people make the mistake of thinking climate control means humidity control; but they are actually two different things.
Climate controlled storage spaces (also known as “temperature controlled” ) are cooled in the summer and heated in the winter. Severe hot or cold weather can damage items in storage units over a period of time. Things like wood furniture, electronics & media, wax, vinyl records, appliances, photos, & paintings tend to warp, crack, split, discolor. Most climate control facilities maintain a steady temperature of 50-80 degrees. As a general rule, the temperature in a climate-controlled storage unit should not fall below freezing in the winter or rise above 90 degrees in the summer. If the temperature in the region you live exceeds 90 degrees in the summer but does not freeze in the winter, air-conditioning would be a viable option to consider. Same with only extreme cold temperatures – a heated storage unit would work well. If your area experiences both extreme hot and cold temperatures, climate control is a definite must.
Humidity controlled storage spaces control and reduce humidity. Moisture and mold are two of the leading causes of damage. The best way to protect against humidity is to keep the air from going stale. Humidity controlled facilities are equipped with humidifiers that constantly circulate the air and reduce the amount of actual water vapor. Humidity is measured by percent. Between 25% – 45% is dry and 50% – 75% is normal. Most humidity controlled facilities keep the environment at no less than 40% and no more than 70%. This is the perfect choice of storage environments if you are storing musical instruments, fine furniture, electronics & media, paintings, fabrics, photos, irreplaceable items like precious family heirlooms or memorabilia, business documents and papers. It is especially important to choose this type of storage facility if you live in an area which has moderate to high humidity levels combined with high and or low temperatures. This is because the damaging effects of extreme temperatures on your belongings are multiplied when moisture is in the air as well.
Dino’s Storage facilities offer the comfort of climate control with the benefits of humidity control in one space. So you can rest assured that your valuables are secure in the best storage environment available.